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COVID-19: Dont joke with vaccine, says DG

Published by The Nation on Mon, 03 May 2021

By Tajudeen AdebanjoDirector-General of Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako, has urged Nigerians to take the COVID-19 vaccine to reduce the spread of the virus.He spoke during the 16th Ramadan lecture of the University of Lagos Muslim Community (UMC) at UMC Auditorium, Akoka, Lagos.Prof Salako, who chairman event, said: When people refuse to be vaccinated, that simply means Nigeria will not reach herd immunity. When we do not reach herd immunity, it means that the infection will raid on and if an infection continues to rage, it means people will continue to die.If you refuse to take the vaccine you are not only doing a disservice to yourself, but you are also doing a disservice to the rest of us in the community, he said.He condemned the false COVID-19 vaccine claims trending on social media.for every new drug, there will be a side effect. There is no perfect drug. In fact, all drugs are poison and they should not be taken unless it is absolutely necessary. Even the common paracetamol that we take has side effects, but your chances of living longer are much better than the side effect that you are going to get, Prof Salako said.Chairman of UMC, Prof. Lai Olurode, stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to combat and control the menace of COVID-19.Coronavirus, Prof Olurode said, has affected the Ummah in a variety of ways.The Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ayede, Oyo State, Dr. Taofeek Abdul-Hameed, said the pandemic has proven to the world that all power and might belong to Allah.He said: This coronavirus has proven to the entire world that we are nothing. Had it been those that said they have the power to heal really have the power they ought to go to the isolation center to heal those who are infected with the virus.He urged Muslims to pray and be patient in the face of the current pandemic.Muslims should, therefore, pray for Allahs help and protection, and obey Allah, His Prophet, adhere to government instructions.The Holy Prophet (SAW) said: If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.It has been widely recognised that preparing for a pandemic is a community effort that we should all take part to reduce the impact of this virus in our communities and the world, he said.He added that this is not the first time the world has witnessed a pandemic, noting that COVID-19 was only more severe and deadly than the previous epidemics.
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